On Tuesday, Liverpool announced Trent Alexander-Arnold would miss a month of action with a knee injury suffered on the weekend.
As the young right back faces a spell on the sidelines along with many of his fellow defenders, it appears Liverpool’s decision to loan out Nathaniel Clyne was short-sighted.
In addition to Alexander-Arnold, the Reds are also without Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, and Georginio Wijnaldum.
The mini-injury crisis particularly leaves Jurgen Klopp’s backline exposed, forcing James Milner to potentially slot in at right back against Crystal Palace.
Although Milner is a capable defender, it is far from his preferred position, and Klopp would ideally have liked there to be numerous defensive options to choose from in the coming matches.
Yet the Reds sent the experienced Clyne to Bournemouth earlier in the window and will surely be regretting the decision to offload a suitable back-up.
Clyne was starved of first team opportunities this season at Anfield, but big teams can afford to keep quality players on the bench to add depth.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, the club was too eager to offload Nathaniel Clyne and sacrifice their strength in depth — a decision that appears misguided in the wake of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury layoff.